All 14 California Republicans in House Hold the Line on Tax Reform

Kevin McCarthyAll 14 California Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass the Senate’s version of a new budget bill that prepares the way for tax reform.

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They did so even though one of President Donald Trump’s proposed reforms is an end to the state and local tax deduction (SALT), a $1.8 trillion boost that would hit high-tax, Democratic-dominated states like California, whose high earners benefit disproportionately from the deduction.

On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had warned California’s Republican delegation that they would be hurting their own state if they voted for the budget. According to the Sacramento Bee, she called them potential “accomplices” in hurting California taxpayers, describing tax reform as “really an urgent time for the state of California.” She advised them they would have more leverage over the final legislation if they voted no.

But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) disagreed, telling the California Republican Party convention in a speech over the weekend: “I don’t think it’s fair that somebody else subsidize poor management of California or New York policies. … No longer can Sacramento say, I’m gonna raise the rates, just cause I’ll have the federal government subsidize it. They will have to be held accountable for when they want to raise taxes higher.”

Some representatives, like vulnerable Mimi Walters (R-CA) of Orange County, seemed undecided. Capital Public Radio quoted her spokesperson as saying: “The Congresswoman’s top priority is putting more money back into the pockets of middle class Californians. …  She will carefully review any change to the SALT deduction to determine the impact on hard working taxpayers in need of tax relief.” In the end, however, Walters, too, held the line.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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  1. Tough as it will be for the worst run states under the thumb of the likes of Moonbeam Brown and his crooked Legislature, this move will begin to force changes in the way California bullies its Middle Class taxpayers in favor of illegals, unwanted high speed rail and public employee perks and retirements that far exceed anything available in the private sector.
    God bless them for their courage.

  2. Andrew Kessel says

    This is a good thing along with replacing Chad Mayes with Brian Dahle. No more getting Cannella’d with tax increases at least from the Republican voting side! Donations that could go to CAGOP go to other causes to try stop tax messes caused by deciding votes like Cannella’s, Crazy Eight, etc.

  3. Removing state and local tax (SALT) deductions would be like giving Kayopectate to diarrhea-prone CA Dimo legislators. If the final tax bill doubles the individual tax deduction it would offset the loss of the SALT deduction for most taxpayers.

  4. Emanuelle Goldstein says

    As much as it pains me not to have the State and Local Tax Deduction, I will enjoy seeing the spendthrifts in California face the consequences of the tax increases they’ve inflicted upon themselves.

  5. Victoria Smith says

    This is the follow up to what I just posted on FB, talking about all the taxes that California Democrats have imposed on the people of this state on top of what they are already paying. It is an outrage and productive folks keep leaving in droves, which obviously, just increases the burden for those who remain.

  6. These folks are trying to make me proud of them. Its working.
    If anyone out there wants to know anything, ask Pelosi.

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